Don’t Ask Too Much of People

Avoid creating a situation where people, especially newer volunteers, are spending long hours on completing tasks and assignments—they’ll burn out.

Don’t Ask Too Much of Yourself

Remembering to give yourself a break is essential to the long-term success of your group.

Master the Art of Delegation

What’s a sweet way to spread holiday cheer and show your teachers you care? Ask volunteers to bake a few dozen holiday cookies, provide teachers with festive plates or boxes, and let them choose their favorites.

Be Open to New Ideas

“But we’ve always done it this way” is the ultimate motivation-killer. Take advantage of new input, and be willing to let people try things out.

Appreciate

Show recognition for volunteers, teachers, the principal and the administration, and school support staff. Simple expressions of thanks go a long way.

Make It Fun!

Bylaws and meetings will always be part of the mix, but you’re more likely to keep people coming back if you work to infuse your group with laughter and smiles.

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